The United States Is Building Forced COVID Internment Camps

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Editor’s note: An earlier edition of this article claimed Washington’s “Strike Team” would “bust down your door and haul you away.” This is untrue, and the “Strike Team” simply transports people from hospitals and makes sure they do not leave the internment camp without prior approval. The article was updated to correct this.

It’s something out of 1930s Nazi Germany. State governments have begun building forced COVID Internment Camps to apprehend COVID-positive individuals and drag them into forced confinement until the government says it is safe for them to leave.

Governor Inslee in Washington state and Governor Bill Lee in Tennessee have both signed off on such forced internment camps for those who test positive for COVID-19. Additionally, Washington State placed a want ad on Government Jobs asking for a citizens to join a “Quarantine Team” which “works to decompress hospitals by supporting local and state isolation and quarantine, Alternate Care Facility (ACF), and patient transport (EMS) by partnering with local governments (Tribes, Counties, Cities) and communities, state agencies, and other entities in the event of an emergency.”

In other words, Washington State is hiring a new Nazi Gestapo to haul you away and keep you in a facility if you meet certain criteria. In Nazi Germany it was being Jewish. In Washington state, it is testing positive with COVID. Originally, Washington state’s “quarantine team members” were given a much more ominous name: a “Strike Team.” However, the State of Washington quickly changed the name to hide their true intentions.

In Tennessee, instead of forming a brand new Quarantine Strike Team, Governor Lee simply commandeered the National Guard to be his own little COVID Gestapo unit. Executive Order 83, signed by Governor Lee himself, calls for the National Guard to drag individuals into internment camps over their COVID-testing status. Under section 8 of his Executive Order he authorizes the National Guard to perform medical duties in “facilities” which are not hospitals or emergency departments.

And just so people don’t get the wrong idea that these “facilities” are not internment camps, he specifically mentions “involuntary commitment cases,” where you’ll be thrown into internment after a single phone call. The Executive Order states under section 14:

“The provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 33-4-108, are hereby suspended to the extent necessary to allow the issuance of a certificate of need under Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 33-6-404, for the emergency involuntary commitment of a person with a mental illness or serious emotional disturbance based upon a telephone assessment of such person by a mandatory pre-screening agent designated pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Sections 33-6-104 and 33-6- 427. . .”

Further, in section 18, the Executive Order calls for the construction of “temporary quarantine and isolation facilities,” in direct opposition to Tennessee Law.

It’s anyone’s guess what “serious emotional disturbance” means. But historically the U.S. Government has used mental instability as an excuse to lock away journalists, whistle blowers, and noncompliant government officials into mental institutions where they were drugged and experimented on. And it is public knowledge the Gestapo did the same thing to Jews in Nazi internment camps.

Some speculate forced COVID Internment Camps could become a federally-mandated COVID strategy, with the CDC publicly disclosing internment camps as a viable option for containing COVID-19. On their website, the CDC states the purpose of the PDF report:

“This document presents considerations from the perspective of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for implementing the shielding approach in humanitarian settings as outlined in guidance documents focused on camps, displaced populations and low-resource settings.”

The CDC, of course, doesn’t call it forced internment, even though that is literally what an internment camp is. Instead, they call it “shielding” and describe the “rationale” behind it in their PDF report:

“Current evidence indicates that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In most humanitarian settings, older population groups make up a small percentage of the total population. For this reason, the shielding approach suggests physically separating high-risk individuals from the general population to prioritize the use of the limited available resources and avoid implementing long-term containment measures among the general population.”

Some allege “shielding” is a global occurrence. Especially with footage surfacing from inside an Australian forced COVID Internment Camp, where a doctor is seen telling the person secretly recording him that the orders “don’t have to make sense,” they just need to be obeyed. Additionally, involuntary “quarantine camps” in Hong Kong are locking away COVID patients indefinitely until the government deems them safe. These COVID patients used to be staying in nice hotel rooms, but then they were forcibly driven to internment camps where they will now stay.

It is already publicly available information that, in the event of a forced quarantine, Border Patrol agents and the National Guard will be tasked with enforcing it. The Department of Health and Human Services website states “U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Coast Guard officers are authorized to help enforce federal quarantine orders. Breaking a federal quarantine order is punishable by fines and imprisonment. Federal law allows the conditional release of persons from quarantine if they comply with medical monitoring and surveillance.”

Additionally, The Department of Health and Human Services states the Federal Government has complete authority to quarantine people. Their website states “The Federal government derives its authority for isolation and quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states.” The CDC also states on their website that they have the same power to enact forced internment based on the same clause in the Constitution.

At this time, the Biden Administration has not implemented a nationwide forced internment policy. However, the Department of Health and Human Services and CDC both believe it is a viable strategy to “fight” COVID-19. Additionally, a FEMA facility in Alabama was converted into a COVID-19 “quarantine center,” early on in the pandemic to isolate American citizens coming from other countries. According to the National Post, at least 5,000 American citizens were locked into quarantine facilities before entering the United States.

John Paluska, CNJ Staff

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